Sir Henry Raeburn, R.A. (1756-1823)
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Sir Henry Raeburn, R.A. (1756-1823)

Portrait of Margaretta Henrietta, Lady Hepburn, three-quarter-length, seated, in a white dress and a green shawl, her left arm resting on a table

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Sir Henry Raeburn, R.A. (1756-1823)
Portrait of Margaretta Henrietta, Lady Hepburn, three-quarter-length, seated, in a white dress and a green shawl, her left arm resting on a table
oil on canvas
49 x 40½ in. (124.5 x 102.9 cm.)
in an 18th century carved and gilded Maratta frame
Provenance
Sir George Buchan-Hepburn.
Mary Hanna, Cincinnati.
J. Horace Harding; Sotheby's New York, 1 March 1941, lot 61.
Dorothea B. Harding, New York.
J.T. Smith, 1941.
Anon. sale, Christie's London, 13 March 1970, lot 109 (5500 gns. to Leadbeater).
Literature
C.R. Grundy, 'A Raeburn Exhibition', The Connoisseur, February 1911, p. 10.
J. Greig, Sir Henry Raeburn, R.A., London, 1911, p. 48.
H. Comstock, 'Reynolds, Gainsborough, Raeburn', International Studio, July 1925.
Fogg Art Museum Notes, June 1930, vol. II, no. 5, p. 233.
The Collection of the Late J. Horace Harding, New York, 1939, p. 32, illustrated p. 33.
New York City, Herald-Tribune, 2 March 1941.
New York, Sunday Times, 2 March 1941.
Professor D. Mackie, unpublished PhD thesis, Raeburn Life and Art, A Complete Catalogue of the Artist's Work, Edinburgh, 1993, no. 386.
Exhibited
London, The French Gallery, Pictures by Sir Henry Raeburn, R.A., 1910, no. 23.
New York, M. Knoedler & Co., Loan Exhibition of Pictures by Raeburn, 1925, no. 10.
Boston, Fogg Art Museum, Eighteenth Century English Paintings, 1930, no. 65.
New York, Jaques Seligmann & Co., Portraits of Sir Henry Raeburn, 1938, no. 9.
New York, James St. L. O'Toole Galleries, Portraits of the Masters of the XVI, XVII and XVIII Centuries, 1939, no. 16.
San Fransisco, The California Palace of the Legion of Honour; The M.H. de Young Memorial Exhibition, Seven Centuries of Painting, 1939-1940, no. L.97.
Pittsburgh, Carneigie Institute, no. 56, from the Estate of Dorothea B. Harding, c/o Mr. William Barclay Harding.
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Lot Essay

This portrait is dateable to the early 1790s. The sitter was the daughter of John Zacharias Beck of Saxe-Gotha, and the widow of Captain Grant and of Brigadier-General Fraser. In 1781 she married, as his second wife, Sir George Buchan-Hepburn (1764-1819) of Smeaton-Hepburn, Haddington. The latter was Judge of the Admiralty Court 1790-1791, Baron of the Exechequer of Scotland 1791-1814, and created Baronet, 1815.

We are grateful to Professor David Mackie for his assistance in preparing this catalogue entry.
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